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Jun 12, 2012

P.U.P. prepares to support Belize/Guatemala Referendum Education Process

Lisa Shoman

The settling of the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute may be years away. However, the direction in which the countries may attempt to negotiate will be known by 2013. On April twenty-seventh, delegations from Belize and Guatemala headed by their respective foreign ministers met in Washington D.C.  Both delegations decided that referendums would be held in the two countries on October sixth, 2013. Senator Lisa Shoman was part of that delegation and she says that the P.U.P. is committed to be a part of the education process leading up to the referendum. 


Lisa Shoman, P.U.P. Senator

“On April twenty-seventh of this year, delegations from Belize and Guatemala headed by the respective Foreign Ministers of both countries met in Washington D.C. and decided that a referendum will be held in Belize and Guatemala on the same day; that is October sixth, 2013. That day has to be preceded by a public education campaign. The P.U.P. is committed to playing its part towards educating the people of Belize as to what are the issues that surround the referendum. This is a process that has been taking place for quite some time and there is a lot more that needs to be done. For instance there is the need for an effort at a national level to raise funds internationally to hold the referendum and there has to be an aggressive public education campaign. The P.U.P. will be making every effort in order to educate our own people internally as to what are the issues involved in the Belize/Guatemala Territorial Referendum going to the I.C.J. And Belizeans will be able to participate in a democratic process to decide whether in fact we go to the I.C.J. or not. We will also be taking part in the national education campaign and the P.U.P. would want to urge all Belizeans to make every effort to learn what the issues are, to learn what the advantages and disadvantages are and then armed with knowledge and armed with the conviction of their own beliefs, to participate in this democratic exercise.”

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8 Responses for “P.U.P. prepares to support Belize/Guatemala Referendum Education Process”

  1. Lucas says:

    This is a joke. These Lairs come and tells us what is best for us. Look at this lady whose mantra is the interpretation of the law and by doing so, has lost big in the courts to the point that Dean makes a mockery of her in the very house of parliament. Belizeans, do not listen to this people. If the court sides with us, Guatemala will not abide by it and there is no way we can force Guatemala to do so. But, God forbids we lose, Guatemala will force us to comply. I am sure that Lisa nor Barrow nor any of this lawyers will go to the front line. It will be you and me and our children. They will embroil us in a war that they nor their family will fight but us. HELL NO TO THE ICJ.

  2. Belizean says:

    We have no case to make at the courts!!! What is this Lisa????!!! Get a life. I agree with you Lucas, this is a BIG JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Big Boo says:

    I agree, if we lose only el norte will be belize, then we will be the smallest country in the world. thats good because Belize City is high in crime.

  4. now i see says:

    Yes!! Give them Belize city.

  5. now i see says:

    Rod, make sure you go with them. But sadly not even the GUATS want you.

  6. Rod says:

    Now I see. It looks like you no see nothing you need fu open your eyes in order to see anything it’s people like you that has this country in the state it is in fu that matter try open you brain a little see what’s going on in the country and yes you need fu open you eyes you cant go on in life with you eyes shut open them.

  7. now i see says:

    @ rod Are you mad bro?

  8. Billy tum clarke says:

    Screw pup and.udp you are all bad for biz.

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